There has been a significant amount of discussion and debate across Europe, most noticeably in the UK and France, regarding parental leave with many parents still looking enviously towards the Nordic model.
Regular readers will be aware of developments taking place in relation to shared parental leave in the UK but there have also been interesting recent developments in France. Commentators are divided as to whether this is a concerted push towards promoting equality in the workplace or a cynical attempt to control the social welfare budget.
Currently, a parent in France can take up to two and half years off work to look after their child and receive a welfare payment of €567 per month. The parent will have the right to return to work in the same post. In addition there is a right to extend this length of leave to the third birthday of the child if the second parent takes the remaining six months.